Central Phoenix's cultural revival just keeps getting better. Enter Fate, a new restaurant venture by the proprietor of Tempe's Lucky Dragon. Lucky Dragon has consistently maintained an eclectic atmosphere, cultivated via art shows, live music and DJ nights. The vegan-friendly Fate, at 905 North Fourth Street, just around the corner from Modified Arts, promises a similar cornucopia of culture, and is debuting a weekly house music night, appropriately named Destination, this Friday, June 20. New Times' Best DJ nominee and house impresario Pete "Supermix" Salaz headlines the evening, with Kevin Brown, DJ nth, Jacob Delph, Mark Parra and Rick Ramirez, Lois Layne, Sonique des Fleurs, and Tranzit on the decks as well. The event is all-ages, with drinks for those of age, and there's no cover. And hey -- they promise free wine and appetizers! The beats run from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Call 602-306-7587 for more information. - Brendan Joel Kelley
WLM revs up the Valley
Returning to the Valley on Thursday, June 19, White Light Motorcade adds fuel to the rock revival fire. Infusing British pop with garage rock, this NYC-based band isn't the Strokes -- these guys exude the essence of what rock 'n' roll is all about: hard chords, thumping beats, and pure, unadulterated kick-ass. As lead singer Harley Dinardo informs fans, "I'm here to show you/How good it could be." The Motorcade goes full throttle at the Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School, at 11:30 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $7; call 480-784-4444. - Eric Schandel
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Poetry of all types are spun
Believe it or not, Phoenix's monthly Poetry in the Park series has been running for 13 years. And now, the Encanto Park event's director, Carol Hogan, is "re-branding" the literary get-together, with an emphasis on informality and a cafe-type atmosphere. It's moved from the Encanto Park Ballroom, a classroomlike environment, to the more relaxing confines of the park's boathouse. "I want to make it more intimate, more of a sharing atmosphere," Hogan says.
Poetry in the Park's next confab is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Encanto Park Boathouse, 2605 North 15th Avenue, where local writers Rich Kenney and John Tynan are the featured poets. Any and all poets are welcome to come and share their work.
"We have cowboy poets, we have literary poets, haiku poets, open verse, prose, funny poets, sad poets, old poets, young poets, literary geniuses and construction workers," Hogan exhaustively relays. Participants and observers are encouraged to show up early to socialize, and artists and writers are welcome to bring any works they have for sale. Refreshments are complimentary. Call 602-942-3060 for more information. Brendan Joel Kelley